Can't we remove the labels?
I'm so tired of the brash labeling that has been going on in the Presidential race. I think that this type of thing is one reason why we all get so tired of the long election cycle. Real debates of the issues would be worth having, even over a long cycle. But, the labeling is very divisive. One thing I really want to see happen is the country come together to solve our problems. Divisive labeling defeats that purpose.
Does anyone really believe that Barack Obama is a terrorist because he knows Bill Ayers? There is no doubt that their paths crossed, but only 30 years after Ayers bombed anything. I'm not defending Ayers's tactics in the 60s, but he had obviously cleaned up his act enough for the Annenbergs. This issue is only being harped upon to get the words Obama and terrorist in the same sentence.
Although she apologized for it, why would Sarah Palin suggest that some parts of the country are more 'pro-America' than others? That sentiment wasn't an isolated mistake. One of McCain's aides also talked about Virginia vs. 'real Virginia.' Do you really think that there are any parts of this country that aren't 'real' Americans or 'pro-America? Can anyone say that Obama isn't pro-America?
Most recently there is the socialist label. You may not agree with Obama's tax plan. You may not like that he's going to raise taxes on higher wage earners in order to lower taxes and refund payroll taxes for lower wage earners. But, that's a shift in the progressive tax scheme, not socialism. I don't think anyone in power in Washington is a socialist, even those reluctantly having the US government buy stakes in our troubled financial institutions.
I realize that these are all labels thrown out by the McCain campaign. I'd be happy to respond to labels tossed out by Obama if people can point them out in the comments.